A NEW-LOOK under-18 Hockey New England representative team will hit the turf for the first time tonight in their quest to steal this year’s state title.
The team was selected with plenty of players returning to the side including Brittany Parker, Claire Eichorn, Belinda Burton, and Alison McMillan.
But there are a number of players taking to the field in the under-18s side for the first time including Brianna Sutton and Tahlia Rekunow who both play in younger grades.
The side’s coach Paul Eichorn said although his side is young, they have what it takes to cause plenty of upsets at the state championships to be held in May.
“There is a lot of experience in this year’s side and although they are young they have been around for a while,” he said.
“But with the 14 players that have been selected I am confident we have what it takes to win.”
Eichorn said he will look to some of the players with experience to lead the charge.
“We have some new players but we also have a very high calibre among the side,” he said.
“Brittany Parker was selected in the NSW squad and there are a number of girls who up there in elite levels.
“There were a number of outstanding players who were not available to play but this year’s side is no way diminished.”
The squad will train in addition to playing for their individual clubs in preparation for the state championships. The 2013 Hockey NSW championships will be held in Newcastle from May 17 – 20.
The championships will see some of the best teams from around the state compete across a number of divisions.
The New England side will contest the B division across the three-day competition.
Hockey New England under-18 girls side:
Belinda Burton (g oalkeeper), Emma Barwick, Alison McMillan, Emily Hart, Brittany Parker, Brook Monley, Brianna Sutton, Katrina Rekunow, Claire Eichorn, Natalie Waters, Teagan Cleanthous, Jess Burey, Tahlia Rekunow, Elise Matherson and Jacko Burton is a train-on.
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